Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

A nurse or other trained health professional will give you or your child this medicine. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.

This medicine may sometimes be given at home to patients who do not need to be in the hospital or clinic. If you are using this medicine at home, your doctor or nurse will teach you how to prepare and inject the medicine. Be sure that you understand how to use the medicine.

Make sure family members or other people you are with know how to inject the medicine in case you are unable to do it yourself during an HAE attack.

Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine.

Check the injection kits regularly to make sure that the powder or liquid has not changed its color. Do not use this medicine if the powder or liquid has changed its color, or if there are solids in the mixed liquid.

Carry this medicine with you at all times for emergency use in case you have an HAE attack.

This medicine comes with a patient information leaflet. Read and follow the instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For injection dosage form:
    • For hereditary angioedema:
      • Adults and teenagers—
        • Berinert®: Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by a doctor. The usual dose is 20 units per kilogram (kg) of body weight injected into a vein.
        • Cinryze®: 1000 units injected into a vein every 3 or 4 days.
      • Children younger than 12 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store the injection kits at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep the medicine in the original carton until ready to use. You may store the powder vial in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.

You may store the mixed liquid at room temperature. Use Berinert® within 8 hours of mixing it, and use Cinryze® within 3 hours of mixing it. Do not refrigerate or freeze the mixed liquid.

Do not reuse the remaining portion of the medicine that is left in the vial. Throw away the vial after you have used it.